1903 - 1940
Beech Tree at Hopetoun House

Oil on canvas, signed lower right
Dated ‘1932’ and inscribed on reverse
Image size: 28 x 22 inches (71 x 56 cm)

 

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This vivid painting depicts a beech tree at Hopetoun House on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Hopetoun House is a remarkable stately home that has been home to the Hope family since the late 1600s – it is filled with stunning collections and sits in majestic grounds. However, the colour pallet, low view point and stylised forms in this painting have transformed this picturesque pastoral scene into something psychedelic, other-worldly and uncanny.

 

Harry Fabian Ware

Harry Fabian Ware was a British post-impressionist artist who created bold artworks. Harry married fellow artist Armyne May Davidson on 1st August 1928 in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. They both exhibited at the New Gallery, Edinburgh on 9th November 1935 alongside fellow artists James Cowie, Anne Finlay, Josephine Haswell Miller and William Wilson. In his later life Ware taught art at Malvern College in Worcestershire after moving there with his wife in 1942.